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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and Arsenal forward Theo Walcott compete for the ball during their Community Shield matchReuters

Chelsea vs Arsenal, and not Jose Mourinho vs Arsene Wenger, will hopefully take centre-stage when the two London sides clash in a big English Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been given the blues in the opening five matches of the campaign, with the defending champions only able to pick up four points, while suffering three defeats.

A victory in their Champions League opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv was a big morale-boost, but a bigger one will be if they can beat Arsenal on Saturday.

"In football, when you lose matches, you are affected," Mourinho said. "You can say you're not but you are. Normally, when bad things in football happen, the first thing is to find a dramatic story.

"But the reality is that, if you lose matches, you are affected -- you lose confidence, you don't want the ball. You are afraid of the ball. You fear the worst.

"The Maccabi victory was not what we need now to win 15 matches in a row. It was important, to be a bit more relaxed, a bit more confident. To taste victory again is important."

Mourinho, though, would not be drawn out about the Chelsea vs Arsenal or Mourinho vs Wenger rivalry, insisting this one match should be taken as just that – one match.

"I want to isolate the match from every context," Mourinho added. "Our fantastic record against Arsenal doesn't matter. It doesn't matter they haven't beaten Chelsea for seven matches in the Premier League. It doesn't matter they beat us in the Community Shield.

"It's just Chelsea against Arsenal. It's a match we want to win. If it's a preseason friendly match it's the same, I want to win. If we are looking at the table at the moment and we see where we are, and we know the distance we are from the top of the league, I don't think that helps us.

"Playing in different competitions is helping us because at the moment we are doing that. It's easier to forget one competition and focus on one match, and the match is Arsenal. One match. Now it's Arsenal. Just that, nothing more."

Wenger, who was even more closed when questions were asked about Mourinho, admitted Arsenal gained some confidence from that 1-0 victory in the Community Shield, and that it might help free his team up a little more and believe in themselves.

That belief, though, was seriously dented by a dismal 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Wenger does have some serious work to do to ensure Arsenal get back to their top level again; because if they don't, even against a potentially vulnerable Chelsea, it is asking for serious trouble.

Another thing that will help this match to stay focussed on the on-field activities is the return of Petr Cech to Stamford Bridge for the first time after signing for Arsenal this summer. Cech spent 11 glorious years at Chelsea, and it will, no doubt, be a surreal feeling for him when he plays again them in Arsenal colours.

Team news: Chelsea: Willian is definitely ruled out for this match with a hamstring injury, and Mourinho said he doesn't think Pedro Rodriguez will make it in time either. Radamel Falcao and Oscar are doubts with knee problems, while Thibaut Courtois remains sidelined.

Mourinho is expected to bring John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa back into the starting lineup for this match.

Arsenal: Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey were rested for the Champions League match, and they will return to the squad. Per Mertesacker is back in training, but Wenger feels he might just be short for this game. Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are long-term injury victims.

Expected lineups: Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Oscar, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott.

Where to Watch Live

The Diego Costa Blog is HERE

Watch the Highlights, including that red card, HERE

Chelsea vs Arsenal is set for a 12.45 pm local time (5.15 pm IST, 7.45 am ET) start. Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD2 will show the match live in India, while the online live streaming option is on and Hotstar.

Viewers in the UK can watch Chelsea vs Arsenal live on BT Sport 1, while the live stream options are on Watch BT Sport and BT Sport App. Australia viewers can watch the EPL game live on Fox Sports, while the online live streaming options are on Fox Sports On Demand and Foxtel Play.

Watch Arsenal vs Chelsea live in the US on NBCSN, with the live stream option on NBC Sports Live Extra. Audience in Canada can watch the game live on TSN5 and TSN TV.

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